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From Ted Montgomery at USA Today,
As we draw nearer to the NHL trade deadline (Feb. 26), let’s take a few moments to look back at some of the dumbest, most ill-advised trades ever consummated between two NHL teams. These aren’t the only bad trades ever made, but they are certainly among the worst.
To borrow an adage from another sport, any free-swinging baseball slugger will tell you that two extreme outcomes can happen when you take that big swing at a pitch: You can hit a home run, or you can look silly corkscrewing yourself into the ground after completely whiffing. That’s what happened in the following big NHL trades. (Keep in mind, however, that every foolhardy trade on this list made the opposite team’s brass look absolutely brilliant.)
From Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times,
‘‘Things came pretty easy at the start,’’ Savard said Tuesday. ‘‘Now teams are fighting to make the playoffs, and the games are getting tougher to play in—but he’s capable of doing that.’‘
Kane’s smallish 170-pound frame may be wearing down, and the absence of center Jonathan Toews for 16 games didn’t help. They had been jelling as linemates.
‘‘With Toews not being around, that made things a little tougher for him,’’ Savard said. ‘‘It takes a [good] centerman to make a line, and not having Toews makes a difference. But they’ll get back to it.
‘’[Kane] has to come with a good work ethic in practice and get in the gym a little more to get stronger.’‘
Simon will be eligible to return to the Islanders’ line-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning next Thursday. He has been serving a 30-game suspension for stomping on the leg of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarkko Ruutu.
“What I love most is playing hockey and when it gets taken away I realize how much I love it. Ted has always been a great help and a great supporter. My teammates were amazing. The whole organization kept checking in on me and seeing how I was doing and what I was up to. I really appreciated that,” Simon said after practice.
Today, the NHL hosted a press teleconference call featuring four general managers of the NHL. They can be heard on the audio player below, or downloaded here. Please have patience with loading or downloading, as it’s a very large mp3 file.
Each Q&A session is roughly 15 minutes each, and are featured in this order:
- Ken Holland—Detroit Red Wings
- Paul Holmgren—Philadelphia Flyers
- Don Waddell—Atlanta Thrashers
- Brian Burke—Anaheim Ducks
note1: the Burke audio is extremely low due to technical issues.
note2: a printed transcript will be added below as soon as it’s available
Update 2:59pm ET: At the Globe & Mail, Eric Duhatschek provides some analysis of the commentary in this press conference.
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Supplied by the NHL…
How is a trade made?
After two clubs have come to an agreement on a trade, the clubs must advise the League office, either by telephone or by FAX, of the terms of the trade. The League office then schedules a conference call with the two teams to review the transaction and give final approval for the deal. Prior to the trade call, the League office will ensure that the team has the appropriate salary cap space to make the deal; if draft choices are involved, that the club has the available choices; and that the team has available space on its reserve list to add the player (s). It should be noted that the 23-man roster restriction is no longer in force from February 26 on.
From Pete Pelegrin at the Miami Herald,
The cut left Zednik with a gash nearly two inches long—and Jokinen with an emotional scar.
‘‘I was watching the replay a couple of times, and it kind of makes me feel sick,’’ Jokinen said Tuesday after the Panthers’ first practice since the incident. “First, you go through and you want to see what actually happened. . . . It was just a freak accident. Losing blood like that—you never see anything like that. You remember that the rest of your life. You just have to find a way to deal and live with it.’‘
added 1:59pm, via the Florida Panthers,
STATEMENT FROM RICHARD & JESSICA ZEDNIK
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Richard and Jessica Zednik today released a statement through Buffalo General Hospital.
Jessica Zednik, wife of the injured Florida Panther said, “On behalf of Richard and our entire family, I want to thank the fans, his teammates, the Panthers and Sabres organizations, plus so many others for their prayers and well wishes. I especially want to thank the medical staff involved in his care and the Buffalo General Hospital for their tremendous support during this difficult time. Richard continues to improve and we are encouraged each day. We thank you for respecting our privacy and would ask everyone to continue to keep Richard in their thoughts over the next few days.”
Update 2:10pm ET: TSN is reporting: “Richard Zednik continues to improve and should be released from hospital within the next 48-72 hours.”
From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,
“He gets guys stirred up, I can tell you that,” said teammate Stephane Robidas, who has seen Ott’s handiwork up-close and personal. “There are times when guys just want to kill him.”
Many of Ott’s barbs are R-rated. He sprinkles in Sopranos-like dialogue with taunts that would make the folks at HBO blush. When asked for a few “Ott-isms,” Stars coach Dave Tippett cautioned, “I think we’ll have to go to a different network if you want to hear those.”
But Ott does have a subtle side. In a recent game against the Oilers, rookie Zack Stortini came into the faceoff circle and Ott pulled Stortini’s shoulder pad forward to get a better view of the name on the back of the jersey.”
“I was just trying to find out who he was,” Ott joked.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The Tennessean reports that almost three months after the Nashville Predators reached a deal with the city to keep the team there for at least another two seasons, it appears the deal is getting bogged down in the small print and the local government’s patience is running out.
Here’s an idea, then. Forget the deal was ever reached, rip it up while it still isn’t iron-clad and let’s move on, for everyone’s sake. Move the team to Kansas City to see how long it will take to fail there.
from the Citizens Voice,
...That’s because his trademark school bus yellow pads are gone, replaced by nondescript white ones.
“I got a letter from an eye doctor and he told me yellow was the color you pick up the quickest with your eyes. So I thought I would try the white ones,” Fleury said. “Then the players on the team said it makes me look a little bigger. So I thought if it gives me a little advantage, I’ll take it.”
It’s not the pads, though, that are the focus of Fleury’s trip back to the AHL. It’s what lies beneath.
more on Fleury
from Lightning Strikes,
But it was difficult to ignore Prospal’s outburst, though Torts did his best.
“I’m not here to be the happy man and make everybody happy,’’ he said. “I’m here to make calls as far as the game is concerned.’‘
And this after Torts was asked if he sensed some relief in Prospal:
“I’m sure there was quite a bit of relief and a few other things, too. That’s life. He played really well. Athletes that are upset, they contribute and help the team win, coaches are happy. This isn’t a touchy-feely thing here or love fest. This is a game of hockey and we’re fighting for our life.’‘
what did Prospal say, well read on...
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